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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Sep 5, 2018 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia's playing pre and post coma . Any thoughts ?

It did, After a life event like that it takes a long time to get your sea legs back under you.

Sometimes you wonder if you ever will and realize you come out to the other side different and maybe you will never be the same and this little gnaw of a thought is pushed to the back and ignored but rings true.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Sep 5, 2018 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia's playing pre and post coma . Any thoughts ?

The best thing about those Spring '87 shows was that Jerry was happy as shit to be alive and playing and so were we, and it was extremely obvious from his stage presence and the crowd reactions to every little thing. Just take a listen to the TOG from Hartford in '87. I have never seen Jerry more animated on stage than at that show and I've never seen a crowd go crazy for that mundane song, before or after. And that joy just filled the hall. Whether or not he was playing better or worse was beside the point, the overwhelming joy was amazing. That feeling didn't last too long, by the fall tour it was back to expecting to see them every spring, summer and fall again. Back on schedule. Back to noticing that something just wasn't the same anymore.

Actually the shows I saw in the Spring of '86 made me think something was up with him. The second set of the Box of Rain breakout show was kind of scary. He was doing weird shit on stage, bumping into the microphone, at one point I turned to my sister and asked "is he having a stroke?". I saw the Greek Shows that year and things seemed kind of normal again, but then later that summer it all went bad.